House approves flexibility in insurance agent education standards

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, to provide flexibility for the continuing education standards for insurance agents, was overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday with 105 votes in support. Current Michigan law requires agents to complete 24 hours of professional development courses over a two-year span to be up-to-date on proper…

Rep. Barrett performs military swearing in ceremony

PHOTO ADVISORY: Robert Donovic, center right, was sworn into the military by Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, center left, on the state Capitol steps Tuesday. As a war officer, Barrett is the only state representative able to swear in new initiates. Donovic, of Redford, will join the Michigan Army National Guard. Donovic was joined by…

Rep. Barrett bill increases efficiency, flexibility on farms

State Rep. Tom Barrett’s legislation giving farmers the flexibility to move portable toilet facilities around their fields for farm workers was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. Barrett, of Potterville, said farms use portable bathrooms to comply with requirements that field workers have access to toilet facilities within a quarter mile of where…

Rep. Barrett announces area natural resource grant projects

House passes legislation authorizing funding The Michigan House on Thursday approved legislation funding Natural Resource Trust Fund projects across the state, including two in Delta Charter Township. State Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, said the projects will give families more opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. One development involves construction of a canoe…

Rep. Barrett votes in favor of ‘right to carry’ legislation

State Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, today voted on the House floor to support a four-bill package allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without a permit in Michigan. “Lawful gun owners deserve to have the freedom to carry a gun for their personal protection without having to jump through bureaucratic hoops and pay costly,…

Rep. Barrett supports The Country Mill owner’s First Amendment rights

Today in the state Capitol, a press conference was held to talk about a new federal lawsuit being filed by the Alliance for Defending Freedom on behalf of Steve Tennes and The Country Mill Farms. The Tennes family owns The Country Mill, a local family farm in Eaton County. The suit was filed against the…

Rep. Barrett bill seeks to restore parental choice, religious freedom in health decisions

The House Education Reform Committee heard testimony today on legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett, seeking to restore a family’s rights when seeking a waiver from vaccinations when registering for school. “We have to give rights back to the parents and local school districts, not allowing continued overreach by unelected bureaucrats,” said Barrett, of…

House panel approves Rep. Barrett’s employee beer and wine sampling bill

Employees of beer and wine wholesalers would be able to sample products for educational purposes under a bill sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville. The bill, part of a broader bipartisan effort to update and streamline licensing of wholesalers, was approved today by the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee. Barrett’s bill would allow…

Rep. Barrett public safety legislation signed into law

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, which makes it a felony punishable by up to five years incarceration and a $10,000 fine to point a directed energy device at planes or trains, was signed into law on Tuesday. “When you consider pilots and train operators can be temporarily blinded, along with navigation systems being…

Rep. Barrett bill to protect pilots, train conductors sent to governor

The state House of Representatives approved legislation by state Reps. Tom Barrett of Potterville and Laura Cox of Livonia today, advancing two bills which add protection for aircraft and trains in the state of Michigan. The legislation criminalizes pointing a beam of directed energy, such as a laser, at or in the path of an…

Michigan House approves Rep. Barrett’s legislation to benefit charitable gaming

The Michigan House today voted to make it easier for charities to raise money through gaming, approving legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville with overwhelming bipartisan support. The plan to ease restrictions on charitable gaming is crucial to fundraising by Lions clubs, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, veterans groups, schools and many other…

House approves bill updating insurance education standards

Legislation by state Rep. Tom Barrett, which updates continuing education standards for insurance agents, was approved by the state House on Wednesday. Current state law requires agents to complete 24 hours of professional development courses over a two-year span to ensure proper customer service practices and changing industry trends. Barrett’s legislation would allow up to…